Angus Reid this morning released its latest poll on the current popularity of the federal parties leading up to the October election.
So effective in fact that Kinsella says they have dropped Trudeau in the polls and made the NDP the left’s alternative in the upcoming federal election.
But recently “The Interview” Tory ads raise the question of what Trudeau would have done during the 2008-2009 Great Recession.
If you read one article on the state of the electoral prospects leading up to the federal election, this is the one you should check out.
The always interesting Chantal Hebert of the Toronto Star examines the state of the voting nation and finds that Prime Minister Stephen Harper is in deep trouble and the fortunes of the NDP are rising across the country.
And as usual, local MP and cabinet minister Pierre Poilievre takes his lumps in the article.
A very interesting read:
“For Justin Trudeau there really was no news from Alberta which is good news. Trudeau is counting very much on being a (mildly) charismatic leader, of generating a wave-election that would have him hopscotch over the NDP. With each week this is less and less likely. His presence still has magnetic media draw, but it’s weakening. Familiarity takes some of the glitter off celebrity figures.”
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Maclean’s Anne Kingston examines what’s in store for Ontarians as new rules for selling wine and beer come down the pipe:
Details will be released during the provincial budget. What is known is that hundreds of large supermarkets (read: Loblaw Companies, Wal-Mart, Sobeys) will be able to sell imported and Canadian wine and craft beer in its own section, like deli or snack food, which is a big win for them.
Not every one agreed. Here is a discussion between commenter RD and myself in comments on the topic:
Re: Kinsella’s piece. For my own part, my respect for someone quickly evaporates when they toss around language like ‘free speech lunatics’.
I’m always surprised when some big important guy is caught reading The Bulldog.
No I don’t mean Mayor Jim Watson, our loyalist reader.
Nor former mayor Larry O’Brien who spits when he hears the two words Ken and Gray. O’Brien credits yours truly with single-handedly defeating him in the 2010 election. I’d love to take credit but it is too big an honour and must be shared. Still it’s nice to be mentioned.
As we contemplate the question of why some candidates attract more funding than others, consider the role of the individuals who are actively involved in federal and provincial riding associations, during municipal election campaigns.
Whether they wish to acknowledge it or not, most of the high profile and successful candidates are members of political parties.
So here I am poppin’ through the email inbox when golly gee there’s a note from Richard Mahoney.
Hi Richard, how are you doin’? Long time, no talk.
Mahoney is a lawyer, a bit of a consultant and is now trying to win the Liberal nomination in Ottawa West-Nepean. He was an advisor to former prime minister Paul Martin and a two-time federal loser in Ottawa Centre.
The premier may have a short honeymoon, but she can count on an uninterrupted four-year term to govern, without being second-guessed by a third-place NDP wielding the balance of power. Or a PC opposition peddling third-rate alternatives on a pre-election footing.
People who are in a difficult spot remember who their friends are and who didn’t show up when the going got tough.
I’m blessed by my friends because they have continually been behind me during unfortunate times. I’m the luckiest guy in the world. You learn who your friends are when people, who said they were your friends, run for the hills when trouble arrives. I know that from personal experience. And people who you trusted beyond all else, betray you. That’s not good.
“So the size of the public service, the province of Ontario… With its agencies, municipalities and such… So, I think a fair and reasonable goal is a 10% reduction.”
Bad enough the vibrant Alberta economy and its oil were propping up the loonie for quite some time, making Ontario manufactured goods more expensive to export. And of course, other countries were running steel plants more efficiently than Ontario and the auto industry went for a flop.